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Year 2002 in Music History

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

  • Jan 29 "Foolish" single released by Ashanti (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • Feb 17 Westlife go to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 27 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Mar 5 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager and TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 18 The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins
  • May 6 "The Good Stuff" single released by Kenny Chesney (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • May 11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 22 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
  • May 25 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 26 Eminem releases his 4th studio album “The Eminem Show” (2002 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003)

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jun 12 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
  • Aug 29 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win
  • Sep 20 The Kolka-Karmadon rock and ice slide starts
  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before
  • Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 18 "Up!" 4th studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2003)

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 27 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.


Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 19 Loren Gray, American singer and TikTok star, born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • May 15 Au/Ra [Jamie Lou Stenzel], Antiguan-German singer-songwriter (Concrete Jungle), born in Ibizia, Spain
  • Sep 29 Chloe Moriondo, American indie rock singer-songwriter, born in Detroitm Michigan

Person of interestMaddie Ziegler

Sep 30 Maddie Ziegler, American dancer, actress and model, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Person of interestJacob Sartorius

Oct 2 Jacob Sartorius, American singer (Sweatshirt) and internet personality, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pop Singer Jacob Sartorius
Pop Singer
Jacob Sartorius
  • Dec 23 Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor & musician (Stranger Things, IT), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
Country Singer
LeAnn Rimes

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Jun 8 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 9 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland; divorce in 2008

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jul 20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer, dies at 43
  • Jan 2 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 11 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 65
  • Jan 11 George Jinda, Hungarian-American smooth jazz and world music percussionist (Special EFX), dies from multiple medical condition complications at 41
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 20 Henry Cosby, American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown (Tears of a Clown), dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 22 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jan 22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educatordies of renal cancer at 71
  • Jan 31 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • Feb 16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 7 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist known for his works used on music album covers (Santana's Abraxus; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew; Osibisa's Heads; Jon Hassel's Dream Theory), dies at 69
  • Mar 12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Mar 15 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (I Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Metropolitan Opera, 1960-66) and film voice (Interrupted Melody), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)

Person of interestDudley Moore

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, dies of progressive supranuclear palsy and pneumonia at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains - Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 15 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • May 6 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), dies at 96
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 5 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist and vocalist (Ratt - "Round & Round"), dies at 42
  • Jun 13 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 21 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman' Kismet), dies at 78
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 27 Russ Freeman, American classically trained bebop and cool jazz pianist and composer (Art Pepper; Charlie Parker; Chet Baker; Clifford Brown; Shelly Manne), dies at 76
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 6 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 11 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Jul 14 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, early David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • Jul 28 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49

Person of interestMichael Houser

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 25 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), dies at 82
  • Aug 26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, dies from congestive heart failure at 94
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 25 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher dies at 83
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • Nov 13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 22 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 4 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), dies at 36
  • Dec 11 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 80
  • Dec 13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 14 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor & singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • Dec 24 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), dies at 82
  • Dec 31 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51